The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell presents an edition full of stars of today and tomorrow
The presence of four of the 10 best players in the world, four of the top 20 and five of the 30 most outstanding ensures a tournament of extreme quality in the 67th edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell that has been officially presented this afternoon. To the names already known Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Karen Khachanov and Kei Nishikori we must add many stars and the promising young players of today’s tennis.
The event was chaired by the third deputy mayor of the Ajuntament de Barcelona, Jaume Asens, and was attended by the president of Banc Sabadell, Josep Oliu, Javier Godó, Count of Godó, the president of the Real Club Tennis Barcelona, Jordi Cambra, and of the sports director of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Albert Costa.
Costa has announced the list of the 48 players that will take part in the tournament, which will be held in the last week of next month, between April 20 and 28. Satisfied by the players’ poster, he has put the icing on the cake by announcing that for the first time in the tournament six of the future champions of this sport will meet, all of them of 21 years or less and already classified in the top-100 of the ATP ranking.
Denis Shapovalov, Alex de Miñaur, Frances Tiafoe, Casper Ruud and the youngest of them, at 18 years of age, the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, are the five who together with Tsitsipas, who will turn 21 in August, make up the group of stars of this new generation that asks to step in the circuit and that for the first time will coincide in Barcelona. The six are among the top seven on the list for the final of the Next Gen in Milan at the end of this season.
The act has served to highlight the strength of the tournament, which comes this year full of surprises and new features ready to continue retaining its status as one of the best in the world on clay. The president of the Real Club Tennis Barcelona, Jordi Cambra, who has premiered in this type of event, has referred to all of them emphasizing the organization of a tennis tournament that is much more than a sporting event.
The presence of numerous former tennis players and members of the Spanish tennis family has not gone unnoticed, especially Manuel Orantes, who during the tournament will receive the tribute of Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first of his three victories in the tournament, in 1969. The Court 1 of the facility will bear his name.
Quote of the sports director Albert Costa: “We must first emphasize that Rafa Nadal will be present at the tournament. It seems easy to have him, but we must know that the effort for him to come is big. Again he will be the great favourite. This year it will be a very special tournament due to the presence of high level players, such as the four top-10, and other very young players who in the future will be in the best of the world ranking. We want to keep their presence. We have players of all nationalities on the list. In relation to the young stars, it is true that it looks like a Grand Slam of the future since De Miñaur, Shapovalov, Tiafoe or Auger can be at the top in two or three years. Having them when they are young is key so that they get to know the tournament, the people here and how it is organized, so that they want to return to Barcelona. Of the last draws we have had, it is the best one of all.”